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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/north-carolina-voters-banned-gay-marriage-civil-unions-011158194.html

North Carolinians voted to change the state constitution Tuesday to say that the only valid "domestic legal partnership" in the state is marriage between a man and a woman, according to the AP's projection. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent with most counties reporting, making North Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution.

The state already outlawed gay marriage, but the constitutional amendment makes it more difficult for politicians to ever change the law. The amendment also means that a handful of North Carolina municipalities that extended benefits to the domestic partners of their employees will no longer be able to do so, since marriage is now the only valid legal partnership in the state. Former President Bill Clinton urged the state's voters not to support the amendment in robocalls, while President Barack Obama's office said he was also against the change.

Supporters of gay marriage out-raised and out-advertised their opponents in the lead up to the vote, emphasizing in TV ads that the amendment could also have repercussions for unmarried straight couples because of its vague language. The anti-amendment coalition raised more than $2 million, according to campaign finance disclosures, most of which came from small and large individual donations. The pro-amendment crowd, called Vote for Marriage NC, raised a little more than $1 million, with most of the money being donated by nonprofit groups, not individuals.

Only 46 percent of voters realized that the amendment would ban civil unions for gay couples as well as marriage, according to a Public Policy Polling poll. A majority of North Carolina voters support civil unions.....

by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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jacquih1126
by Member on May. 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

http://www.change.org/petitions/1-million-against-amendment-1

Please click on the link to repeal this disgusting excuse for an amendment. It doesn't matter if you don't live in NC.


What's worse about this entire thing? It isn't just about gay marriage. The language of this amendment states that "marriage between and man and a woman is the only legal domestic union in the state of NC" ~ so if you are living with your s/o and not married, you have no protections under NC state law ~ including domestic violence laws.

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by on May. 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Thank you! I didn't know what the rules were for this, but thank you for posting! 

Quoting jacquih1126:

http://www.change.org/petitions/1-million-against-amendment-1

Please click on the link to repeal this disgusting excuse for an amendment. It doesn't matter if you don't live in NC.


What's worse about this entire thing? It isn't just about gay marriage. The language of this amendment states that "marriage between and man and a woman is the only legal domestic union in the state of NC" ~ so if you are living with your s/o and not married, you have no protections under NC state law ~ including domestic violence laws.


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